The study published in Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research in December 2017 shows that there is a definite link between the implant-retained dentures and improved quality of life. The study was conducted over a period of 20 years and involved partially and fully edentulous patients. It resulted in accumulation of well-documented data related to functionality and aesthetics of oral prosthesis and their impact on patients’ overall well-being on a daily basis.
The Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures
The implant-retained dentures have become an area of interest to many patients as the benefits extend to long-lasting and improved oral and physical health. Traditional removable dentures can’t typically provide the durability and stability sought by edentulous individuals. The retention is usually poor, and the appliances have to be periodically relined and adjusted as the soft tissues shrink in size due to the normal aging process.
With the help of strategically placed implants, the dentures provide better cohesion to the gingiva that result in superb stability. In addition, the lack of continuous mobility prevents the dentures from premature wear and tear that can lead to additional expense for the patient.
Conventional dentures often create physical discomfort in the form of sore spots that have to be relieved by the dentist. Functional limitations also occur as the appliances become more mobile over time and lead to impaired speech patterns and hindered ability to masticate. The implant-retained dentures remain stable while in use providing the patient with added confidence and tenacity when interacting with people.
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant-Supported Dentures
Patients with good oral care habits as well as those with mild to moderate health issues are typically considered for this procedure. Patients with advanced periodontal conditions and those with bone metabolic diseases and severe osteoporosis may be offered other options of treatment to improve their quality of life as denture wearers.
While not everyone can qualify for implants, the majority of patients greatly benefit from stable, well-designed and aesthetically pleasing dentures. Studies prove the patient’s increased satisfaction with denture endurance and social interaction as well as continuous physical comfort.